Category Archives: Hardware

Spring cleaning my PS3

PS3 Motherboard

A few weeks back i disassembled my PS3 to clean it up. Managed to get all the way to the heat sink then reassembled it because i did not have replacement thermal paste.

But last week i got hold of some Artic Cooling MX-4

Artic Cooling MX-4

Artic Cooling MX-4 thermal compound

 

 

 

 

 

 

So disassembled the PS3 fat again and replaced the thermal paste this time. Hope this wards of the dreaded YLOD for a good long time.

PS3 Fat disassembled

PS3 Fat disassembled casings

 

 

 

 

 

 

PS3 Motherboard

PS3 Motherboard with RSX and CELL chips exposed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

All of this was possible because of an excellent step by step guide for PlayStation 3 fat at http://www.hometheatershack.com Anyone else who wants to try this might find the link useful.

New PC Upgrade 2

Mobo M3A79-T Deluxe

CPU

AMD Socket AM2+ / AM2 Processors
for AMD® Phenom™ FX / Phenom™ / Athlon™ / Sempron™ processors
AMD Cool ‘n’ Quiet™ Technology
Supports CPU up to 140W
Chipset

AMD 790FX/SB750
System Bus

Up to 5200 MT/s Up to 5200 MT/s HyperTransport™ 3.0 interface for AM2+ CPU
2000 / 1600 MT/s for AM2 CPU
Memory

4 x240-pin DIMM, Max. 16 GB, DDR2 1066/800/667 Memory
Dual Channel memory architecture

Expansion Slots

4 x PCIe 2.0 x16 slots with ATI CrossFireX™ support (@ dual x16, triple x16 / x8 / x8, or quad x8 modes)
2 x PCI 2.2
CrossFire

Supports ATI CrossFireX™ graphics cards; up to Quad CrossFireX™
Storage

Southbridge
1 xUltraDMA 133/100/66
6 xSATA 3 Gb/s ports
Support RAID 0,1,5,10
Marvell® 88SE6111 SATA controller
1 x External SATA 3Gb/s port (SATA On-the-Go)
LAN

Marvell® 88E8056 Gigabit LAN controller featuring AI NET 2
Audio

ADI® AD2000B 8 -Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
– Supports Jack-Detection, Multi-Streaming, and Front Panel Jack-Retasking
– Coaxial / Optical S/PDIF Out ports at back I/O
– ASUS AI Audio 2
– ASUS Noise Filtering
IEEE 1394

LSI® L-FW3227 controller supports 2 x 1394a ports (1 at mid-board; 1 at back panel)
USB

12 USB 2.0 ports (6 ports at mid-board, 6 ports at back panel)
ASUS AI Lifestyle Features

ASUS Quiet Thermal Solutions:
– ASUS 8+2 Phase Power Design
– ASUS Fanless Design: Heat pipe solution
– ASUS Fanless Design: Stack Cool 2
– ASUS Q-Fan 2
ASUS Express Gate:
– Access the Internet in 5-second* boot time without entering Windows
– Friendly picture manager interface
*Actual boot time subject to hardware configuration.
ASUS Power Saving Solutions:
– ASUS AI Gear 2
– ASUS AI Nap
ASUS Crystal Sound:
– ASUS AI Audio 2
– ASUS Noise Filtering
ASUS EZ DIY:
– ASUS Q-Shield
– ASUS Q-Connector
– ASUS O.C. Profile
– ASUS CrashFree BIOS 2
– ASUS EZ Flash 2
– Onboard Switch
Overclocking Features

Intelligent overclocking tools:
– AI Overclocking (Intelligent CPU Frequency Tuner)
– AI Booster Utility
Precision Tweaker 2:
– vCore: Adjustable CPU voltage at 0.0125V increment
– vDIMM: 36-step DRAM voltage control
– vChipset (NB): 16-step Chipset voltage control
SFS (Stepless Frequency Selection)
– FSB tuning from 200MHz up to 600MHz at 1MHz increment
– PCI Express frequency tuning from 100MHz up to 150MHz at 1MHz increment
Overclocking Protection:
– ASUS C.P.R. (CPU Parameter Recall)
Special Features

ASUS MyLogo 2™
Back Panel I/O Ports

1 x PS/2 Keyboard / Mouse combo port
1 x Optical + 1 x Coaxial S/PDIF Out ports
1 x External SATA port
1 x IEEE1394a port
1 x LAN (RJ45) port
6 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
8-channel Audio I/O ports
Internal I/O Connectors

3 x USB connectors support additional 6 USB ports
1 x Floppy disk drive connector
1 x IDE connector
1 x COM connector
6 x SATA connectors
1 x CPU Fan connector
2 x Chassis Fan connectors
1 x Power Fan connector
1 x IEEE1394a connector
Front panel audio connector
1 x S/PDIF Out header
Chassis Intrusion connector
CD audio in
24-pin ATX Power connector
System Panel (Q-Connector)
8-pin ATX 12V Power connector
Power on Switch
Reset Switch
BIOS

8 Mb Flash ROM
AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI 2.0, SM BIOS 2.5, ACPI 2.0a, ASUS EZ Flash 2, ASUS CrashFree BIOS 2
Manageability

New PC Upgrade 1

AMD Phenom X4 9850 Black Edition

AMD Phenom X4

AMD Phenom X4

 Phenom X4

Agena (65 nm SOI)

Battle Rig improvements

The lates additions to the all and mighty gaming rig follows 😛

Logitech G5

The G5 uses a laser tracking engine as opposed to the LED or photodiode systems used by some other mice. It supports up to 5 resolution presets which can be set between 400 dpi and 2000 dpi, in 50 dpi increments. The G5 includes Teflon feet.

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Logitech G15

The Logitech G15 is a keyboard produced by Logitech designed specifically for gamers. It includes 18 macro keys that can each have 3 macros assigned to them and a backlit monochrome LCD display (Which can show helpful information from compatible applications to the user). Logitech distributes a SDK for the LCD display panel on the keyboard’s drivers disc which can be used to add G15 compatibility to applications.

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